This is just so disappointing.
Earlier this morning, a province-wide ban on campfires came into effect.
Summer can be very dry in Quebec, and while June has been a relatively wet month, next week we will start to see insanely hot temperatures!
The Société de protection des forêts Contre le feu (SOPFEU), Quebec's forest fire prevention agency has issued a ban on open campfires throughout the majority of Quebec.
Here is a map showing you the places you will not be able to enjoy the summertime wonders of sitting around a campfire.
The sectors targeted by this measure correspond to the following RCMs and territories:
- NORD-DU-QUÉBEC: Jamésie (991) for its portion lying south of latitude 53 ° 30 ', Eeyou Istchee (Waswanipi, Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou, Eastmain, Nemiscau, Waskaganish, Wemindji) (993)
- NORTH SHORE: Upper North Shore (95), Manicouagan (96), Sept-Rivières (971) and Caniapiscau (972) for its portion south of latitude 52 ° 15 '
- SAGUENAY-LAC-SAINT-JEAN: Domaine-du-Roy (91), Maria-Chapdelaine (92), Lac-Saint-Jean-East (93), Saguenay (941) and the Fjord-du-Saguenay (942)
- ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE: Rouyn-Noranda (86), Abitibi-Ouest (87), Abitibi (88), La Vallée-de-l'Or (89) and Témiscamingue (85) for its portion lying north of latitude 47 °
- MAURICIE: The Tuque (90)
- CAPITAL-NATIONALE: Charlevoix-Est (15), Charlevoix (16), Côte-de-Beaupré (21), and Jacques-Cartier (22)
- OUTAOUAIS: La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (83) and Pontiac (84) for their portion lying north of latitude 47 °
- LAURENTIDES: Antoine-Labelle (79) for its portion lying north of latitude 47 °
- LANAUDIÈRE: Matawinie (62) for its portion lying north of latitude 47 °
In partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks, the Quebec-wide campfire ban came into effect as of 8:00 a.m. this morning, June 26th. This ban will last until further notice. This could go on all summer long!
Those who get caught breaking this ban will be fined.
This is super sad to me. It's already enough that as Montreal locals we are not permitted to enjoy a firepit in our own backyards. Now I know this can be dangerous, especially if you're careless - but I grew up in a city where this was allowed in certain areas, and boy do I miss it!
No smores. No campfire ghost stories. Summer = canceled.
Only one forest fire is currently burning in Quebec. However, the dry weather and high winds we are soon to expect have sparked concerns that more fires could start.
According to SOPFEU, each year about 50 forest fires starts due to a campfire that is not properly extinguished or left unattended.
You can find more information directly from the SOPFEU right here.